Lunchbox Makeover: 10 Ideas for Healthier Mid-Day Meals

School’s back in session—which means it’s time to break out the lunch boxes and start preparing packable, mid-days meals for the kids again. Or maybe you need a change of pace from the usual brown-bag sandwich you’ve been toting to work all summer long. Either way, there are plenty of healthy and tasty options beyond peanut butter and jelly and juice boxes that make lunch a meal everyone looks forward to.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

 

Ditch the packaged chips, crackers and cookies and fill reusable, BPA-free containers with these tasty creations instead:

  • Combine raw, chopped veggies with leftover cooked veggies for a nutritious salad
  • Top a mashed baked sweet potato with cooked black beans and avocado slices
  • Mix cooked or raw veggies into a bowlful of cooked grains (rice, quinoa, etc.) and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar
  • Skip the usual sandwich and opt for soup, served with a side of crunchy, sliced veggies such as bell peppers or cucumbers

Keep thinking outside the bag! Here are some easy-to-make recipes that work well for a leftover lunch:

Turkey Chili

Gingery Red Lentil and Carrot Soup

Spiced Quinoa and Beans

And don’t forget to pack a healthy treat!

Chocolate Cherry Granola Bites

Double Chocolate Dairy-Free Brownies

Coconut-Topped Tropical Fruit Salad

 

Pamela Higgins

Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC andwww.totalhealthcounseling.com. She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at totalhealthcounseling@gmail.com.

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Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC and www.totalhealthcounseling.com. She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at totalhealthcounseling@gmail.com.

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